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Lawmakers Override Gov. Holcomb's Veto of Bill Limiting Emergency Power

Indiana lawmakers voted on Thursday to override Gov. Holcomb's veto of a bill that would give Congress more power during declared emergencies.

Posted: Apr 16, 2021 8:35 AM
Updated: Apr 16, 2021 8:40 AM

On Thursday, the Indiana General Assembly voted to override Governor Eric Holcomb's veto of House Bill 1123.

House Bill 1123 would limit Gov. Holcomb's power to issue executive orders through the establishment of a new protocol for the General Assembly that allows it to call itself into an emergency session.

The House voted Thursday to override the governor's veto of HB 1123 with a vote of 59 to 26 Thursday, with the Senate following shortly after with a vote of 36, to 8.

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Gov. Holcomb has argued that the bill violates Indiana's constitution.

"I am vetoing HEA 1123 because I firmly believe a central part of this bill is unconstitutional," Gov. Holcomb said in a letter sent to Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives Todd Houston. "The legislation impermissibly attempts to give the General Assembly the ability to call itself into a special session, thereby usurping a power given exclusively to the governor."

In the letter, Gov. Holcomb says that while he does support efforts to increase collaboration between the legislative and executive branches during states of emergency, "legislative actions taken during an unconstitutional special session will be void and thus open and subject to legal challenges."


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